I Kings 19:3-4 - And he was afraid and arose and ran for his life and came to Beersheba, which belongs to Judah, and left his servant there. But he himself went a day's journey into the wilderness, and came and sat down under a juniper tree; and he requested for himself that he might die, and said, "It is enough; now, O Lord, take my life, for I am not better than my fathers."
· What Not Trusting in God Looks Like.
Elijah isn't having one of his better days in the scripture text above. Maybe you can relate with Elijah? He had just experienced a spiritual high. He had defeated the 450 false prophets of Baal. God had honored him by sending fire down from heaven and consuming the water drenched sacrifice after Baal didn't answer the false prophets.
Jezebel then threatens to take Elijah's life and he flees. What is with that? I really don't understand Elijah's actions here.
He had defeated the 450 false prophets of Baal by trusting in God and now he is going to flee.
I would like to ask Elijah a few questions: "Why not trust God one more time? Why did you flee?"
Elijah had shown his faith so many times by trusting in God. He was used by God to raise the dead. He knew he had a special relationship with God.
So why did Elijah become such a wimp? He runs away and hides and now he wants to die.
When have you not trusted God? How did you feel afterwards? You will want to remember that awful feeling. Why? So that you don't have to feel it again. So that it motivates you to stay faithful and not wimp out.
· When Do Opportunities Not To Trust God Usually Come?
What does your not trusting God look like? Have you experienced any spiritual highs? If I were you I would be careful because I have observed that right after a spiritual high comes a testing of your faith. This usually will result in a spiritual low if you aren't prepared to battle against this test.
Not trusting God can come in many different ways of testing or trials. The word "beware" is used 14 times in the New Testament. That is a pretty good indication that we should be on guard as we walk through this life. We have an enemy who seeks to devour us.
· When Trusting God There Will Be Times When It Looks Like You're Losing.
One must always remember no trial is able to defeat you and your God. You must keep the faith.
When it is looking very dim for you that is the time to draw closer to God not run away from Him. You can never lose by keeping your faith in God. NEVER.
Think on This:
All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all that I haven't seen. Ralph Waldo Emerson
Gary A. Serago
Minister of God's Word
Gary A Serago.